During yet another wave of somber developments that included a frighteningly high number of jobless claims in Delaware and a coronavirus outbreak in a long-term care facility near Newark, we received some positive news.
Maxie will get more playdates.
You might recognize our handsome tri-color Sheltie from a story on the reopening of dog daycares, auto dealers and gun shops under modified essential business rules.
Taking a dog once a week to play with other canines may sound like a trivial matter, but to Doggie Playhouse, it’s more than a business.
The owner and staff clearly love their four-footed clients who respond in kind.
Since 2005 or so, we have been taken our dogs to the playhouse, which also offers boarding services that become a necessity when loved ones out of state pass away.
The business south of Newark, like similar enterprises, were ordered closed under Gov. Carney’s emergency order.
Doggie Playhouse was able to reopen today, with some modifications that include staff coming outside to pick up the family canine, shorter hours and stepped up sanitation practices.
And contrary to some social media posts, there is no evidence of companion animals carrying the virus. Sadly, this rumor is leading some folks to drop off their suddenly unwanted pets at shelters.
Also, open by appointment are gun shops and auto dealers. The goal is to keep social distancing in place.
And yes, we are getting a little relief at home. Maxie is not happy with Amazon, Postal Service, and FedEx trucks and in typical Sheltie fashion lets us know.
Be safe, get outside (observing the social distancing rules that have shown at least faint signs of working in Washington state) and check out some great deals on carryout food and drink. There are far too many offers to list here. – Doug and Sharon Rainey